Imagine commissioning Edgar Degas for a million-dollar painting. You ask him to create a masterpiece, something dynamic and timeless, vibrant and intriguing. There's only one catch: he must paint on a virtual canvas, one that will vary widely depending upon the viewer's perspective.

In fact, the canvas will change so much from one person to the next, that structures won't display properly, colors will fade ... even disappear; and sometimes, every last element of the design will fail to resolve, leaving the prospective admirer wanting for even a hint of what the artist originally intended.

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